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■ Baseball Season To Open Here Saturday 


Vol. Ill, No. 25 

State Teachers College, Fitchedrg 

Friday, April 22, 1933 


Girls from Groton, Lunenburg, 
Clinton, Townsend, Gardner, Leo- 
minster, Fitchburg, and St. Ber- 
nard's High Schools will be 
guests of the Women's Athletic 
Association of the Teachers Col- 
lege on Tuesday, April 26, when 
they will take part in a Play Day 
which is to begin at two o'clock. 

The activities which have been 
planned for the afternoon are 
varied, and the games to be play- 
ed are largely individual, such 
as pingpong. tenniquoit, tennis, 
and aerial darts. The schedule 
has been arranged in such a way 
that it may be adapted to any 
weather conditions. 

Following these games, there 
will be a lecture-demonstration 
of the Modern Dance by the sen- 

— Continued On Pa<*e rive 


At the annual Massachusetts 
Convention of Superintendents of 
Schools on April 20, 21st, and 
22nd at the State Teachers Col- 
lege at Bridgewater, Fitchburg 
is being represented by Dr. Her- 
lihy, Mr. Anthony, Mr. Harring- 
ton and Mr. Carpenter. Mr. Har- 
rington is attending as the dele- 
gate of the Massachusetts State 
Teachers College Association. 

Mr. Anthony is sponsoring an 
exhibit of projects on the morn- 
ing of the 21st, which time is de- 
voted to discussion of Industrial 
Arts. These projects were made 
by Practical Arts students and 
Junior High Schools of the neigh- 
boring cities and towns. 




Saturday afternoon F. T. C.'s 
baseball team will act as host to 
Hyannis Teachers at Clancy Field 
in the season's opener. 

Under the direction of Coach 
Jeffrey, strenuous practice sess- 
ions have been going on for the 
past month and the team appears 
to be in good condition for this 
game, which should attract much 
interest from the students of the 
college. Many new faces will be 
seen in the lineup at this game 
especially in the infield which is 
made up of all Freshmen with 
the exception of second base. 

Because of the addition of the 
new material, a good season 

— Continued From Page Two 


Schedule for the week of 
Week of April 25th 

3:30— Baseball Practice 


11:05 — Assembly 

12:40 — Intra-mural Meeting 

12:30— Glee Club 

3:30— Baseball Practice 

4:00— Girl's Soft Ball 


3:00— Girl's Horseshoe Tour- 
3:30 — Baseball Practice 
12:40— M. A. Board Meeting 
4:00— Girl's Soft Ball 
3:30 — Baseball Practice 
The Stick is Out 


On Thursday, April 14, Mr. 
Keenan spoke in the small as- 
sembly on the Federal Theater. 
His lecture was enjoyed by sev- 
eral of the English Department 
classes of the school. As an intro- 
duction to his talk, Mr. Keenan 
discussed the importance of the 
theater in American life and went 
on to mention many of the great 
names of the stage and theater 
telling amusing anecdotes about 
them. He mentioned that the Fed- 
eral Theater was looking for 
promising young playwrights and 
was conducting a contest open 
to college students who have a 
flair for the dramatic. 

The Federal Theater uses few 
stage properties, depending upon 
the use of lights and the ability 
of the players to portray the sto- 

— Continued On Pa«e Six 


Miss Florence Conlon's plea- 
sant time at the Eastern Arts 
Convention in Boston had a 
rather unfortunate ending when 
her automobile was sideswiped 
and quite badly damaged. As 
she was leaving Boston on Sat- 
urday, April 9th, a man drove 
away from the curb where he 
had parked his car and ran into 
the side of her car. Miss Conlon 
was quite badly shaken up, suf- 
fering from shock and a strained 
back, but despite her injuries 
she was able to drive back to 
Leominster. It was necessary 
that she remain in bed for a 
week to recuperate from he^ 
trying experience. 

Page Two 


Friday, April 22, 1938 



Associate Editor 
Business Manager 
News Editor 
Sports Editors 

Shop Foreman 

Andrew Owens 

Herbert Downs 

Harry O'Connell 

Lester Aldrich 

Mary Disken 

Alfred Turner 

Harry O'Connell 

Friday, April 22, 1938 


Under the new curriculum 
published last week, there will 
be no professional courses during 
the first two years. There will be 
a compensating increase in cul- 
tural subjects. Education courses 
will be confined to the third and 
fourth years. Students who do 
not contemplate entering the 
teaching profession will no long- 
er be discouraged from matricu- 
lating here. 

The new schedule, effective 
with next September's entering 
class, will add to the function of 
the Teachers College a second 
aim: the provision of two years 
of liberal arts education compa- 
rable to that offered by the Jun- 
ior College. 

The system is not unique in 
Massachusetts, as several other 
states have been offering junior 
college programs in their teach- 
ers colleges for a number of 


About one-half of the student 
body, according to an unofficial 
report, intends to hear Robert 
Frost. May 9. atlhlT State Teach- 
ers College Auditorium. Approx- 
imately three quarters of the en- 
tire set of tickets put on sale to 
the general public have been 


Bud Gearin 

In these days when the world 
tax is like a Bogey man, any dis- 
cussion on tax and taxes should 
find a very responsive audience. 

I hear that the boys in Boston 
are talking about a sales tax sim- 
ilar to New York's. That is, two 
cents on the dollar. It might not 
be so noticeable when you pay 
a penny extra for your sundae or 
malted, but suppose you wanted 
to buy an auto or something. 
(Just suppose.) 

If a study were made to deter- 
mine why people get gray hair 
before their time, the answer 
would no doubt be tax. All I can 
say for us poor suckers who have 
to pay four cents on a gallon of 
gas, is thank the Lord that we 
have the four cents. 

It might be classed as an ed- 
ucational procedure to observe 
how different people meet this 
evil. Some pull their hair out, 
some froth at the mouth, per- 
haps most give off steam by 
writing or talking. Evidently the 
person who wrote the following 
must have been a student of lit- 
erature at one time or another, 
for he has a world of meaning in 
a few modest lines, entitled: 

Hymn of Hate 
I'd like to use a baseball bat 

Or better still a good sharp axe, 
On congressmen who dare to vote 

For anything that means more 

Meanwhile, let's recall a bit 
which first appeared some years 
ago in a publication called Ben- 
net's News, and which purports 
to be from a man in Oklahoma 
to his banker who wanted him 
to pay something on his note 

sold. This means that there is 
still an opportunity for college 
students to purchase tickets in 
case they desire to. 


— Continued From Page One 

seems quite probable. 

Captain Harry Moore 

Probable lineup for the game: 
Catcher E. Harvey 

Pitcher Bresnahan, Sullivan 
First Base G. Berry 

Second Base C. Bercume 
Short Stop A. Lanza 

Third Base C. Smith 

Left Field Moore (Capt.) 
Center Field S. English 

Right Field Hulbert, Vorse 

which the bank was unfortunate 
enough to hold. Here it is: 

"It is impossible for me to send 
you a check in response to your 
request. My present financial 
condition is due to the effects of 
federal laws, state laws, county 
laws, corporation laws, by-laws, 
brother-in-laws, mother-in-laws, 
and outlaws that have been 
foisted on an unsuspecting pub- 
lic. Through the various laws I 
have been held down, held up, 
walked on, sat on, flattened, and 
squeezed until I do not know 
where I am. 

"These laws compel me to pay 
a merchant's tax, capitol stock 
tax, income tax, real estate tax, 
property tax, automobile tax, gas 
tax, water tax, light tax, cigar 
tax, street tax, school tax, syntax, 
and carpet tax. 

"The government has so gov- 
erned my business that I do not 
know who owns it. I am suspect- 
ed, inspected, disrespected, ex- 
amined, re-examined, until all I 
know is that I am supplicated for 
money for every known need 
and desire of the human race, 
and because I refuse to fall and 
go out and beg, borrow, or steal 
money to give away, I am cussed 
and discussed, boycotted, talked 
to, talked about, lied to, lied 
about, held up, held down, and 
robbed until I am nearly rumed; 
so that the only reason that I am 
clinging to life is to see what the 
| Heck is coming next." 

Friday, April 22, 1938 




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We left F. T. C. at 9:15 minus 
O'Sheasy but plus one bull fiddle 
belonging to Dot Dolan. Picked 
Ed up outside j the Auditorium 
where he had camped since 8:00 

Ate dinner at Ligget's in New- 
Haven. Hamburg's fifteen cents. 
Jim insulted a cute little . girl 
sitting next to him so she moved 
herself and her sandwich to a 
table. He never could explain 

Entered New York at 4:00 P.M. 

The main points of interest 

The cables of the George Wash- 
ington Bridge, 

Grants Tomb; 

A double decker bus with an 
engine in the rear which we be- 
lieve drove the upper deck; 

Broadway Hofbrau for supper. 
Raw chicken to the tune of 
"Stormy Weather," also a ciga- 
rette girl who had everything 
but a voice. Ask Andy? 

Next the Radio City Music Hall 
featuring Marco Pblo, The Bafc- 
let, and the Rockettes. s The Bal- 
lot presented a beautiful Easter 
tableau which was - almost be- 
yond description: After the show 
a sandwich at the Metropole. 
Next time you go to New York 
don't fail to eat at the Metropole 
Mr. Carpenter will be glad to 
give his Rural Education class 
the address. 

Speaking of Mr. Carpenter he 
was a great sponsor. The best. 
We suggest^ girls, that you invite 
him next year. 

10:00 A.M. Friday. Conference 
— you'll hear about that later. 
Dinner at the Metropole. 

In the afternoon a visit to 
Radio City, The Hall of Science, 
and the broadcasting studios. 

Friday night, the Banquet Hall 
and Norman Thomas' speech. 
''Down with the present system) 
Excellent speaker, magnetic per- 
sonality, good jokes. 

At eleven o'clock we went to 
the Casa Manana on seventh 
avenue. One dollar and a half 
for a hamburger. Farty cents for 
a cup of coffee. Practically three 
dollars apiece before we got out. 
The stage show was well worth 
the price. The features were, 

Abe Lyman's Orchestra 

Miss Anatomy by Dr. Rock- 


Morton Downey 

P. A. Man's Paradise. 
For details consult delegates. 

Saturday Morning Review of 

Saturday noon we ate dinner 
at the Hotel Taft. This was our 
best meal. George Hall's orchester 
played and we think it is the 
best in New York. His singer 
was Dolly Dawn who autographed 
an absent card for Jim. She cer- 
tainly has a voice. 

Saturday afternoon we were 

going to the Planetarium but 

i never got there because we 

[watched the Army Parade led 

by The Esso Band. 

(Andy and Mac had a punning 
good time. Andy hated to spend 
his dime on rattletrap busses. 
Jim had a mania for getting us 
lost and following inebriates, the 
little boy was a nuisance. Ed's 
singing and poetry was astound- 
ing. Ed and Jim got stuck Satur- 
day night with a couple of nice 
girls Jim knew. 

The Saturday night swing club 
was O.K. The new spring hit 
will be "ooooOOO— H! BOOM!!" 

Guy Lombardo was at the 
Paramount with Ella Logan. The 
latter is now a personal friend of 

We left New York at eleven 
Sunday Morning and arrived 
home at seven P.M. 

Three cheers for Mr. Car- 

The outstanding attraction at 
the banquet was Heigh Ho from 
Coal Black and the Seven Clin- 
kers played by the Newark 
Swing Band. 


"The Wonder World of Chemis- 
try" the new talking motion pic- 
ture which shows scenes in 
du Pont chemical plants and lab- 
oratories never before record for 
public view, will be featured on 
the EPSILON PI TAU assembly 
program, April 28. 

It seems a long leap from colors, 
but that is only one of the chemi- 
cal hurdles which the fast moving 
picture "The Wonder World of 
Chemistry" takes in its strde. 

Henry Lambert, a member of 
this organization, will play seve- 
ral selections on the violin and 
will be accompanied at the piano 
by Miss Ellen Dormin. 


To be serious, for a moment: 
In a recent book on English com- 
position, we came across this 
thought-arousing series of state- 
ments, used to illustrate some 
point or other: "Books on war are 
in fact belligerent propaganda, 
no matter how ugly they make 
battle. There is such a thing as 
the fascination of things not love- 
ly. Our eyes will come back again 
and again, not to be the most 
beautiful, but to the most over- 
whelmingly homely person in the 
room. And so with national hos- 
tilities and horrors." It follows, 
then, that our Remarques, our 
Humpphrey Cobbs, and Philip 
Gibbses, while being the most 
violent attackers of war, with 
their pages of blood and putres- 
cent flesh, are, at the same time, 
its most active impressarios. Well, 
it throws a new slant on the 
messy business. 

Oh, speak no more of swords 

and clashing steel, 
But walk with me through 

woods and feel 
And see God's green love 

everywhere — 
And know that man and man's 

His every care. 

Page Four 


Friday, April 22, 1938 


Last Thursday, April 14, at the 
assembly sponsored by the fac- 
ulty, Dr. Samual Van Waiken- 
burg of Clark University spoke 
on "Europe, its problems and its 

Applying the human qualities 
of youth, adolesence, maturity, 
and old age to the countries in 
Europe. Dr. Van Walkenburg 
showed the age-groups and their 
ramifications. He began with the 
youthful nations, that is, coun- 
tries born of the Versailles treaty. 
These countries are those border- 
ing the east Baltic coast, Poland, 
and these nations south through 
the Balkans. Dr. Van Walken- 
burg in speaking of these coun- 
tries born on the "wings of de- 
mocracy" at the end of the war, 
said that they were not ready 
for democracy. These nations, 
he said, were too young and im- 
mature as yet to have an efficient, 
and capable form of democratic 

They have also been in con- 
stant danger from the "adoles- 
cent" countries. 

The adolescent countries which 
Van Walkenburg next described 
are rather familiar to the Ameri- 
can public. They are Germany 
and Italy. Comparing these coun- 
tries with the dynamic, idealistic, 
rash, and ebulient adolescents of 
the human race, he stressed their 
danger to world peace. 

Van Walkenburg then mention- 
ed the mature countries: Eng- 
land, France, Belgium, Switzer- 
land, Holland, and the Scandina- 
vian countries. Comparing these 
countries with the middle-age 
stage of mankind. 

Last of all, the countries suffer- 
ing from old age were discussed. 
These include Spain, Portugal, 
and old Austria. The process of 
disintegration has resulted in a 
lack of defense. Outside countries 

have walked in without the least 
sign of belligerency on the part 
of nations invaded. 

Van Walkenburg, a native of 
Holland, a doctor of philosophy, 
a scholar of eminence in the field 
of geography and its related sub- 
jects, and one who has travelled 
the world over in his resaarch 
work, spoke with a decided Dutch 
accent. This accent, delightful in 
the extreme, plus his poise and 
affability, made his points reach 
home without the usual peda- 
gogical methods of men of his 

He is the major author of the 
text used by Miss Webster in 
her class on European geography. 
He is at present working on an 
introductory text to Political 
Geography. Mr. Donoghue of the 
faculty introduced the speaker. 


Although unable to carry out 
the proposed program, the six 
Sophomore P. A. men visited 
Maine returned with ideas and 
thoughts that covered many 

Thursday evening was spent at 
the homes of Burley Loveitt and 
Sargent Stanley. Friday morning 
found the men at the South Port- 
land High School where they in- 
terviewed both the students and 
instructors in the Practical Arts 
Department. In the afternoon 
they surveyed the Industrial 
Arts Department of the Portland 
High School where an interesting 
setup was found. Each instructor 
welcomed the men and expressed 
their interpretation of their 
course and gave many problems 
that they have confronted while 
in the shop. Questions asked by 
the group were answered with 
enthusiam, some favoring ideas 
more than others. However log- 
ical arguments were given by 
by the majority of instructors. 

Friday evening saw the men 

in an electrical power plant 
valued at two million dollars. 
Here the guide explained the 
operation of the machines and 
what type of system was being 

Saturday took the group deep- 
er into the Maine territory where 
they stopped at Bowdwin College 
to be met by an unexpecting 
host, Bob Harington who showed 
them around the beautiful cam- 
pus. Their next stop was at the 
Hyde Windlass Co. and it was 
here that the men spent five 
hours inspecting the various de- 
partments of the company. A 
guide explained the activities and 
answered all types of questions. 
In the afternoon the launching 
of the U. S. S. Sampson was wit- 
nessed at the Bath Iron Works, 
Bath, Maine. 

Each member of the group en- 
joyed a different type of social- 
izing at the various "high-light" 
spots of Portland. The trip home 
found the men discussing the 
fact that there was plenty of op- 
portunity to improve industrial 
conditions through better teach- 
ing of Industrial Arts. 


A dramatization of the life of 
Richard Wagner, famed operatic 
composer, conceived and written 
by Bernhard Roth will be pre- 
sented over station WHDH on 
Sunday, April 24th between 1:30 
and 2 o'clock. The program will 
be one of a series produced by 
the Leland Powers School, and 
is under the direction of George 
V. Brown, head of the radio de- 

Those who are familiar with 
the beauty of Wagner's music, 
should be interested in the dra- 
matic sweep of his life, beginning 
as it did, in the hectic last days 
of Napoleon I, and ending poign- 
antly in an Italian villa. 

The author will play the part 
of Wagner in the presentation. 

Friday, April 22, 1938 


Page Five 





With the warm days of Spring 
beckoning our attentions to the 
out-qf -doors, we find, pur thoughts 
centered on the possibilites of 
improvement of our immediate 

As we sat looking out of the 
windows of the library this after- 
noon, at the inner campus, lo 
where a group of tennis enthusi- 
asts had gathered for a game on 
the one court that is suitable for 
use, we couldn't help thinking of 
two regretable conditions. First, 
that more of the students who 
were patiently waiting for the 
use of this single court couldn't 
be accommodated; and secondly, 
that the inconsistently arranged 
courts that now exist had to dis- 
figure what could be a most at- 
tractive inner campus. 

To argue the value of tennis 
to the school is needless. This 
very popular sport has already 
proved its worth on every college 
campus. It serves the novice as 
well as the skilled, the men as 
well as the women. How could a 
sport be more impartial? 

A school often gives its first 
impression to outsiders by its 
visible equipment. It is only nat- 
ural that we are perhaps em- 
barrassed when we show them 
where we play tennis. 

Looking about for a suitable 
location for new courts we find 
an ideal spot in the present play 
ground across the street from the 
Practical Arts Building. Very 
little would have to be done to 
the land to make a suitable foun- 
dation for the courts, and with a 
high backstop on the street side 
the area would be well confined. 

This article voices a need 
which we believe of great impor- 
tance to the school. Should we 
be favored with the addition of 
tennis courts, it will be because 

many others in the student body 
show their interest by voicing 
their opinions. 

— T. Pettee 


Coach Lacouture makes an 
appeal to all potential athletes 
to come out for track. Although 
it is not a varsity sport he feels 
sure that one can derive as much 
enjoyment from running this 
year as last. If enough interest 
is shown we can field a formid- 
able team and will not be lack- 
ing in competition as four meets 
have been arranged on a tenta- 
tive schedule. Experience is not 
necessary and, although you 
may never have run or partic- 
ipated in field events before, you 
can quickly learn if you have 
determination and a competitive 

A team will be picked to rep- 
resent the school in the annual 
New England Teachers College 
Conference meet, which will be 
held at Salem Teachers College 
May 21. So lets have a large 
group of candidates out on Mon- 
day, April 18. 

The schedule: 

Assumption May 10 
Bridgewater May 14 
N. E. T. C. May 21 


A horseshoe doubles tourna- 
ment, in which the partners must 
be from the same color team, 

will be conducted by Mary Han- 
ifan during the next few weeks. 
Although horseshoe demands 
only mild exercise, the skill and 
accuracy required promise to 
make the matches keen and in- 
teresting. Nearing the end of the 
women's athletic season, all three 
teams will be anxious to gain 
points toward winning the shield. 


The second round of the vol- 
leyball color tournament was 
played on Thursday, April 14th, 
in the gym. The White first team 
defeated the Black fiirst team 
23—18; the first Black team 
downed the first Orange team 
18—7; and the second White 
team overcame the second Or- 
ange team 11 — 7. These outcomes 
have entirely reversed the results 
of the games played during the 
first round which necessitates 
a third round for all teams ex- 
cept the second Black team. 


— Continued From Page One 
iors in Miss Bolger's Modern 
Dance class. This will take place 
in the assembly hall. 

The conclusion of the after- 
noon events will take place in 
Miller Recreation Hall where the 
high school visitors will be served 

The Play Day has been plan- 
ned by Elinore Scully, President 
of the W. A. A.., Flo Lovell, gen- 
eral chairman, and a committee 
made up of the W. A. A. Board 
members, who will act as host- 
esses to the visitors. 

It is hoped that this undertak- 
ing will not only familiarize the 
high school girls with the athlet- 
ic program of the College but 
that it will also give them an in- 
sight into many phases of college 

Page Six 


Friday, April 22, 1938 

Your most humble correspond- 
ant, Ima Nutt, would like to 

Do Worsley and Mavis climb 
up that hill to take pictures every 

Does it take a little competi- 
tion to wake C. Bercume up? 

Is Lois losing her hold or 
should I ask H. Moore if he likes 
Salem products? 

What J. Warren is going to do 
with that trailer in Ashburnham? 
Are you getting too big for the 
dog house, Joe? 

What would K. Boyce do if 
they didn't send mail as far south 
as New Bedford. 

Why V. Corliss dosen't get 
smart and give campus boys a 

What has G. King that the rest 
of the boys haven't? It's really 
getting bad when he's asked to 
gigolo for A. Hyland and her 
''roomy" on Saturday nite.s and 

refuses maybe they don't 

use the right technique. 

Has Chet Smith forsaken the 
Fitchburg gals for Brockton? 

Why those faithful baseball 
widows braving the April winds 
to keep up the morale of the 
bovs don't get letters, too. 

If J. Bresnsham is giving each 
member of the "Big Six" a break. 

Was that Mary L. with R. Lowe 
in the P. A. building afternoons? 

A gentleman is a fellow who 
steps on his cigarette so it won't 
burn the carpet. 

Finger tin descriptions: 


The delegates to the New York 
Conference on April 11 will 
shortly submit their report on 
the conference. They attended 
the following conferences on 
Social Program, Blanket Tax, 
Guidance in Teacher Education, 
Student Forums, Building Col- 
lege Moral, Special Assemblies, ' 
Scholarship and Extra Class Ac- 
tivities, Intra-Murals, Curricula 
Changes and Rural Education. 

As a group they attended the 

meeting on Saturday morning at 

which was given a summary of 

s the panel discussions so that all 

' present could benefit by the work , 

I of all the groups. 

Lowell Thomas, nsws com- ' 
mentator, and Mr. Butterworth, 
commissioner of education for 
Connecticut, were the speakers i 
at the major assembly of the con- 
ference on Friday evening. 


Superintendent Pierce of 
Reading, will be the guest speak- 
er at the assembly next Tuesday. 

Previous to his appointment 
as superintendent at 'Reading, 
Mr. Pierce served as a principal 
in a Brookline school and super- 
intendent of the Southbridge 
school system. 

It is interesting to note that 
the following graduates of this 
institution are teaching in the 
Reading schools: Rodney McDon- 
ald, a Practical Arts man; Ruth 
Montgomery, an elementary 

T'n ruffled loveliness 

Freshman clown 

Wily reticence 

Sophistirated colleen 

Joe college smoothy 

The human chatterbox 

Fiery \vh ; rlwind 

Short and sweet (to some) 


D. Dolan 

L. Wennerburg 

C. Hanson 

A. Mohlogan 

A. Braconier 

S. Waris 

R. Kasner 

President's list 

T_). Sears 


— Continued From Pa^e One 

ry. Ninety per cent of the earn- 
ings of the organization are paid 
out for salaries of the actors and 
only 10 per cent go for adminis- 
tration expenses. 
The purpose of the Federal The- 
r.ter is to give unemployed actors 
a chance to bring pleasure to 
those in pain and need and to 
provide them with the work for 
which they have trained. Mr. 
I'leenan's lecture was punctuated 
with his own enthusiasm for the 
theater and his poised, convincing 
manner made the lecture a most 
worthwhile and interesting one. 

Who was it that said: 
It's a great life if you don't week- 
end; but it's a better life if you 

graduate; and Barbara Whitmore 
of last year's graduating class. 

Thus often in the course 

Of life's few fleeting years, 
A single pleasure costs 

The soul a thousand years. 

Bouncing ball of effervescence 

B. O'Donnell 

Patience personified Commuting students 

wa : t'.ng while their drivers sav good nite 
to the ones, now that Spring is here. 

Cy\ead the new books from 
our Lending Library 
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